Author of: “Gaston and the Beast,” in the When Your Beauty IS the Beast anthology.
The idea of writing from Gaston’s point of view after he fell from the castle came to me as an interesting way to explore a unique avenue relating to the Beauty and the Beast tale. I decided to use the Disney version since I thought it would be fun and most familiar to readers. It did prove to be fun to write as I was able to round out the rather flat character. In the films, Gaston is not a likable character and offered me the opportunity to recreate him from a new perspective three years after his (assumed) demise. Writing in first person allowed me to get deep into Gaston’s head as he works through his pain, depression, and anger. I hope the reader will gain a new respect for the once selfish and self-centered antagonist as he becomes the “hero” in his own story.
Bio: C. S. Wachter lives in rural Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, with her husband Joe, one German Shepherd, and three cats. She and Joe have been married for more than forty years and have three sons, one grandson and one granddaughter.
Ms. Wachter earned her degree in Performing Arts and English Education from Rowan University in 1975. She compares developing a character’s perspective to preparing for an acting role. As a life-long lover of books, she has read and enjoyed a variety of genres. However, after reading J. R. R. Tolkien in middle school her favorite has been, and remains to this day, Fantasy with a Christian perspective.
Published Works: 2018 — The Seven Words Epic Fantasy series; The Sorcerer’s Bane (Indies Today 2020 award winner in Religion); The Light Arises; The Deceit of Darkness; The Light Unbound
2019 — Demon’s Legacy: A Worlds of Ochen Short Story (based on The Seven Words series); A Weight of Reckoning (sequel to The Seven Words series)
2020 — Stone Sovereigns YA Fantasy duology; Lander’s Legacy; Lander’s Choice.
Various Flash Fiction pieces for Havok and in their anthology Stories That Sing